Welcome to the First OPEN FORD! Sounds like First Friday @ the Ford you might say…it is but it isn't. This being the first official event, OPEN FORD is a voluntary, grassroots, tenant-driven initiative to leverage and amplify the creativity and excitement of the Ford District community. This being the FIRST event, the event incorporates Ford Building tenants but will hopefully incorporate larger Ford District area businesses and creative community on a more regular basis.
WHY THE FORD BOTHER?
In short: Because we can... and we should! As tenants of the Ford Building, we are fortunate to feast off the creative energy of others within our orbit; as artists and entrepreneurs, we are constantly seeking a wider audience for our ideas and offerings; and as business owners and operators, we know that fostering connections and actively growing our businesses leads to an ever-stronger community... and a beefier bottom line.
GREAT - SO, HOW THE FORD DO WE DO THAT?
Beginning on Friday, June 6, 2014, from 6pm - 10pm, and at some interval-to-be- determined thereafter (current thinking is focused on Portland Design Week in September), those individuals and firms who are willing and able will open their doors to clients, collaborators, families and friends... and we’ll see where it goes from there.
WHO’S IN CHARGE OF THIS HERE SHIN-DIG?
Short Answer: No one is in charge.
Sightly-Less-Obfuscatory Answer: Open Ford is a purely-collaborative, open-source, leader-free “virtual entity” - it surrounds us and guides us, paving the way to a brighter tomorrow, well after our hangovers clear up - but it may also “strongly recommend” that we tidy up after ourselves and take out the trash... so we think that it’s a little bit like Your Mom in that respect.
I’M BUSY/OUT OF TOWN/ANTI-SOCIAL/NOT-SO-SURE; DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE?
Open Ford is COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY.
If you and/or your firm are overbooked, we salute you for having something better/more- remunerative to do on a Friday night, and might be able to recommend some super- efficient planning and scheduling apps too, for a modest fee of course. If you/your firm are reclusive and/or antisocial, you probably will not enjoy this event, and we would hate to put you in a tough spot... but if you’re just unsure if it’s a good idea, then you might want to come as a secret, non-tenant “guest” in disguise, and pretend to do some due diligence while drinking everyone else’s beer for free.
DOES THE FORD OWNERSHIP/MANAGEMENT HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN?
Yes - despite our best efforts, Ford Building ownership and management have been kept well-informed of this event, and have agreed for the most part to “look the other way”... as long as we don’t make too much of a racket and/or mess.
YOU KEEP SAYING “WE” - WHO THE HECK IS “WE”??
Approximately: andy warfel design&creative, Crowd Compass, Drawbridge Creative, ELK Collective, Frank Creative, Homeland Gallery, Kathleen O’Brien Attorney, Nourish Integrative Massage, Nutcase Helmets, Julie M. Smircic Counseling... and, hopefully, YOU TOO!!!